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THANK YOU BOB HAWKE!

RIP Bob Hawke. A man of principles and values, willing to take risks, trying to find consensus and bringing people together instead of dividing them.

He was also a big fighter against racism. A brilliant man has died.

He changed Australia for the better. Thanks Bob!

Roel Loopers

FREO MAY DAY AT A GLANCE

Posted in city of fremantle, employment, politics, Uncategorized, unions by freoview on May 5, 2019

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FREMANTLE MAY DAY PHOTOS

Posted in city of fremantle, community, employment, may day, Uncategorized, unions by freoview on May 6, 2018

 

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I love the tradition of the MAY DAY parade through the inner city of Fremantle, so took a lot of photos today.

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MAY DAY FESTIVAL IN FREMANTLE

Posted in city of fremantle, employment, may day, Uncategorized, unions by freoview on May 5, 2018

 

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The weather forecast for 90% chance of showers tomorrow does not look good for the MAY DAY festivities and parade.

The parade starts at midday from the Fremantle Esplanade from where it snakes through the inner city. It’s always a good and noisy spectacle to watch the hundreds of unionists with their flags and banners. Workers United….!

There are food and information stalls, live music and activities, so bring a brolly or raincoat and join in anyway!

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UNION TRUTH ABOUT FREMANTLE PORT

Posted in city of fremantle, containers, freight, fremantle ports, Uncategorized by freoview on August 29, 2017

 

I was given a copy of an eight-page flyer The Truth About The Flawed Outer Harbour Plan, written by the Maritime Union of Australia WA Branch secretary and National President Christy Cain.

It’s always good to try to see all sides of an argument, so let’s have a look at the facts the MUA published in the leaflet.

# The MUA claims that Fremantle Port is only running at 50% capacity and that there is no need for a premature costly duplication of the port at Kwinana.

# The MUA supports the long-term vision of an overflow port at Kwinana when it is needed, but say it is not needed yet, and that the volume at Fremantle Port has been falling for some time.

# The proposed cap on Fremantle Port is lower than the current volume and would be anticompetitive, the union claims. It would prevent the current terminal operators to grow.

# 90% of containers to and from the port are on the road between 6am-6pm Monday to Friday. The port operates 24/7 but nearly all containers are handled in just 35% of all the hours available.

# Better coordination of road transport, plus general decline in volume has seen a 11% reduction in truck visits to Fremantle Port over the last two years.

# Rail is underutilised as is handles only 14.5% of containers, while it is designed to carry 30% of container traffic.

# The MUA says that if the outer harbour was built now, 20-30 years before it is needed, it would add $ 10 billion to the construction cost, making it a $ 15-16 billion dollar dud, that would cause a dramatic increase to freight costs.

# Fremantle Port supports 2,000 direct employees and an estimated total workforce of 6,000 direct and indirect employees servicing the port.

# The outer harbour would be automated and would have less jobs than Fremantle Port.

# Government Treasury predicts another 25 years of growth potential for Fremantle Port. It stated that artificial capping would result in earlier capital investment in the Outer Harbour and related road and rail infrastructure-imposing an unnecessary financial burden on the WA Government, container trades and the community.

If you have any questions it is best to contact the MUA as I won’t have the answers.

 

Roel Loopers

UNIONS PUT FREO’S SOUTH QUAY PROJECT IN JEOPARDY

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle ports, Uncategorized by freoview on August 28, 2017

 

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In a comment to this blog I was chastised last week for believing articles published in the West Australian and media in general, but today’s article about the WA Labor state conference, shows that it was not fake news after all.

It is a great worry for Fremantle Council that the South Quay development plans, they wanted to realise in collaboration with the state government, are put in jeopardy by the right-wing new faction Progressive Labor, that got a motion passed on the weekend at the Labor state conference, to delay the development of a new port at Kwinana because it would cost jobs on the wharf.

According to union secretary Adrian Evans Fremantle Port is only running at 50 per cent capacity and hence a new outer harbour would only be needed in 20-30 years from now.

Development of Victoria Quay and connecting it better to the Fremantle inner city would be fantastic, especially with the imminent development of the Woolstores shopping centre site.

 

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UNION NOT HAPPY WITH KWINANA PORT

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle ports, maritime, Uncategorized by freoview on August 24, 2017

 

Very interesting to read that the WA Labor State Government is clashing with the Maritime Union of Australia because of their commitment to build an outer harbour at Kwinana.

The MUA wants the WA government to delay the building of the new port, which experts say would take at least ten years to realise, because they fear the closure or part closure of Fremantle Ports would create job losses for port workers.

When one looks at the automation of other ports around the world it is highly likely that a new Kwinana port would also heavily rely on automation and would need fewer workers to do the wharf jobs.

The scrapping of the Roe 8 highway and the desire by the City of Fremantle to develop the south quay of the port means a new harbour is probably on the cards in the not too distant future.

But unions do have a huge influence in the Labor party, so nothing is certain until they have sorted out their differences.

 

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE MAY DAY PHOTOS

Posted in fremantle, may day, unions by freoview on May 7, 2017

 

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A great Sunday and a great turnout for today’s traditional yearly May Day event in Fremantle.

It was all about united workers’s rights, protection and solidarity and the Labor and Greens politicians turned up in numbers.

New WA Labor Premier Marl McGowan addressed the unionists, while new Freo Minister Simone McGurk and Federal Labor MP Josh Wilson watched on.

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MAY DAY AND SEA SHEPHERD

Posted in community, environment, fremantle, unions by freoview on May 7, 2017

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The MAY DAY event is being held by the unions on the Fremantle Esplanade today from 10 am to 2 pm with stalls and music and of course the noisy parade through town at midday.

Not far from there in the Fishing Boat Harbour there will be free tours of the new Sea Shepherd vessel Ocean Warrior, so take the kids there and show them how important it is to be engaged and that people power makes a huge difference.

It’s no good to whinge that THEY should be doing something about things when WE can make all the difference!

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LABOR EXECUTIVE NOW ENDORSE JOSH WILSON FOR FREO

Posted in elections, fremantle, politics by freoview on May 12, 2016

Australian Associated Press reports that the Labor party executive committee met today and have dumped Chris Brown as the federal candidate for Fremantle and now endorsed Freo Deputy Mayor Josh Wilson.

While I am delighted for Josh I feel very uncomfortable about the process as there is something unsavoury about it in my opinion.

If checking candidates is the normal procedure for Labor why was this not done before MUA official Brown was endorsed by the party? Why go through the public embarrassment for Brown and the party that could well be costly for the election with many disgruntled union members not voting for Wilson. This is basically a PR disaster for the Labor party that they could well have done without.

A spent conviction is there to protect the person who received it and it does not have to be declared, so why make such a fuss? Is this yet again about faceless people playing power games behind the scenes in the Labor party, and has natural justice and fairness been denied to Chris Brown?

Chris Brown did not murder or rape or commit fraud. He is not a drug dealer and not a paedophile, and the returning officer of the Electoral Office did not complain that he failed to disclose essential information, so legally he is entitled to a seat in parliament should he be elected, why then did the Labor executive decide he was not a fit and proper person to contest the seat of Fremantle? There is something very sinister about this saga that makes the Labor party look like a bunch of power-hungry amateurs. What a shame.

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